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272 Grafton Street

272 Grafton Street, Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, C1A, Canada

Formally Recognized: 1979/10/26

Showing north east elevation; City of Charlottetown, Natalie Munn, 2007
272 Grafton Street
Showing north west elevation; City of Charlottetown, Natalie Munn, 2007
272 Grafton Street
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Listed on the Canadian Register: 2007/03/27

Statement of Significance

Description of Historic Place

272 Grafton Street is a one and one half storey wood framed Maritime Vernacular Cottage style former private residence. It features a symmetrical facade and a central roof dormer. It is located among a group of homes built in the 1860s and 1870s and stands across the street from Holland College. The designation encompasses the building's exterior and parcel; it does not include the building's interior.

Heritage Value

The heritage value of 272 Grafton Street lies in its Maritime Vernacular Cottage style architecture; its association with various former residents of the City; and its role in supporting the streetscape.

272 Grafton Street was built in the 1860s. It is not clear who built the home, but it is located among a number of similarly styled heritage homes built during the same period. Together, the houses provide an attractive streetscape. According to local directories, residents of 272 Grafton Street have included: George H. Reddin who lived at the address in 1915, and Edward and Anne Lafferty, who resided there in 1937. No longer a single family dwelling, it has undergone renovation and currently serves as an apartment building.

The house is an example of a Maritime Vernacular Cottage, which was a common architectural style in mid-19th Century Charlottetown. A distinctive Maritime style, its features include a rectangular plan, a central doorway and a large centrally placed dormer. These homes are usually unadorned, unless influenced by a later style, in which case some exterior decoration is sometimes present.

Sources: Heritage Office, City of Charlottetown Planning Department, PO Box 98, Charlottetown, PE C1A 7K2

Character-Defining Elements

The following Maritime Vernacular Cottage Style character-defining elements contribute to the heritage value of 272 Grafton Street:

- The symmetrical facade of the building
- The one and one half storeys
- The wood shingle cladding
- The simple mouldings painted in a contrasting colour, particularly the door and window surrounds, the corner boards and cornices
- The irregular roofline which originally was gable
- The centrally placed gable dormer
- The size and placement of the windows, particularly the four large sash windows with two on either side of the central doorway, and the grouped dormer windows
- The size and centre placement of the paneled door
- The size, shape and centre placement of the porch with its gable roof
- The size and placement of the brick chimney

Other character-defining elements include:

- The location of the building on Grafton Street and its physical and visual relationship to its streetscape



Prince Edward Island

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City of Charlottetown

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City of Charlottetown Zoning and Development Bylaw

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Heritage Resource

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Expressing Intellectual and Cultural Life
Architecture and Design

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Multiple Dwelling


Single Dwelling

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Additional Information

Location of Supporting Documentation

Heritage Office, City of Charlottetown Planning Department, PO Box 98, Charlottetown, PE C1A 7K2 #0005t

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